Power to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort

Renewable energy is finally a reality in South Africa’s electricity mix. The government’s renewable energy programme has procured 92 solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Some of these are already feeding into the national grid. Others meanwhile are in various stages of development.

Community renewables are not unique to South Africa. It is the country’s policies and frameworks that are new. Provisions in the regulatory framework direct international investment towards community development. The companies that build renewable energy power plants must invest a specific amount of the project value in nearby communities. Over the next 20 years all approved projects will have spent more than R39 billion on community benefits. Read full article on “The Conversation

By Holle Linnea Wlokas and Britta Rennkamp